Met launches network services tower procurement
Force commences tender for potential suppliers of telephony, WAN and call routing services under five year, £240m contract
The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has issued a tender to provide the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) with network communication services as part of the force's Total Technology Programme Infrastructure (TTPi) plan.
Under the proposed contract, which is valued between £100m and £240m, the contracting authority is looking for a range of services including telephony, WAN, LAN and a call-routing system that will support emergency and non-emergency calls.
TTPi was established to implement a service tower operating model for the delivery of ICT Services across the MPS and to procure replacement contracts that align with and support this model.
Set to run over an initial five year period, which can be extended for a further 24 months, the contract relates to the procurement of MPS' network tower component of the TTPi strategy.
"This procurement in structured into two lots: Lot A covers WAN, LAN, telephony, inter-network gateways and co-ordination of other suppliers in the network tower; including suppliers for the services that are not the subject of this procurement," said the tender notice. "Lot B covers provision and management of a call routeing system to support emergency and non-emergency calls." Mobile voice and data services are not however included within the scope of the procurement.
MOPAC is expected to consider separate contracts for each lot, or consider a single supplier for all of the required services sought through the tender.
Potential bidders have until October 16 to express interest in the contract, with invitations to tender (ITT) scheduled to be dispatched to selected candidates on December 7.
Once awarded, the introduction and delivery of the network services will be coordinated by MPS' Service Integration and Management (SIAM) supplier, which will appointed under a separate contract that went to market last December.
As part of the procurement of the MPS network tower, which is scheduled to be operational at the end of 2016, the force earlier this year held a number of supplier and industry engagements led by Public Services Network (PSN) trade association Innopsis.